Lock: Mamuka Gorgodze (Lock,Flanker, Number 8)
Fans love a player who is genuinely willing to do anything for the good of the team – especially if he is the captain. Although a flanker by trade, Georgian powerhouse Gorgodze is one of the most versatile forwards in Europe and more than capable of operating in the second-row or any of the three positions across the back-row. The 33-year-old times most of his challenges to perfection, possesses formidable strength and a keen eye for a pass.
Lock: Martin Corry (Lock, Flanker, Number 8)
Flanker: Danie Russouw (Lock, Flanker, Number8)
Flanker: David Pocock (Lock, Flanker, Number 8)
A worthy successor to Richie McCaw as the most influential player in world rugby, either at 7 or 8. There is simply no-one better in the game over the ball. He is just perfectly built for the role and when he locks himself onto a tackled player, there is no moving him. A fascinating character off the field too. He’s also played lock for the Wallabies.
Number 8: Lawrence Dallaglio (Flanker, Number 8)
Went from being a schoolboy chorister to one of the most formidable physical presences in the game of rugby. Had it all in his prime – pace, power, aggression, pride and a steely mind-set. A Lions series winner, a World Cup winner and a trophy magnet with Wasps.